It's August, and I am at a loss for words, but not because I am surprised or overwhelmed in any way. I just don't know of anything new to say about most of what I have blooming. My only hope to maintain my readership (you), is that their memory (yours) is as bad as mine. Of course, gardeners rarely tire of talking about the weather, and what I would say on this point, is that we have been blessed here. While we have had rigorous humidity and some heat, we only had a brief stint where it was extreme. Most importantly, we have not been denied regular rains. So the gardener and the garden are happy, and speaking of which, let's take a look.
We'll start with a few annuals. A friend of mine started some Melampodium divaricatum from seed and ended up with more than she could use and gave me some. I grew this plant years ago at my last house and it was a non-stop bloomer and a "no brainer" as some say.
Zinnia angustifolia x elegans 'Profusion Fire'
This is the first year I have grown pentas (Pentas lanceolata 'Butterfly Red'). I don't know why I have waited so long.
Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides)
I am growing several portulacas this year. I don't remember which one this is...
... but this one is Portulaca x 'Yubi Yellow'. Not only is it heat and drought tolerant, but it survived being flattened during the Mercedes incident as well.
This perennial, Sinningia x 'Butter and Cream', is also a survivor.
Kniphofia 'Papaya Popsicle' is my newest perennial. It is a rebloomer and a dwarf.
This daylily is 'House of Orange' and it has bloomed its head off since early June. Orange makes me happy.
Cestrum aurantiaum 'Orange Zest'
Purple makes me happy too, especially when it smells like grape soda. Evergreen wisteria (Millettia reticulata) is just about to pop open.
Perhaps other bloggers might have more to say about their gardens this month. If you are interested in finding out, then visit Carol at May Dreams Garden where she hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th of each month, and she does a fine job at it too.